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I love essence finishers, hope this is as good as it sounds
Megan R on Oct 2, 2017
The Iris additive sounds like something which will add scent joy to my daily face routine.
Amy C on Sep 21, 2017
I decided to try this product out and it is already a favorite. It freshens and seems to prepare the skin for moisturizer / makeup. Too much is sticky; you really only need a few drops.
Susan S on Sep 21, 2017
love this one
i use this day and night
Lilian C on Sep 20, 2017
Do you still use a toner with this product?
BETH O on May 4, 2015
Best Answer: It is AFTER, AFTER, AFTER toner -- always!!!! Ugh. Incorrect info here. This is the first product in anti-aging regimen, not cleansing.
Reply · Report · Linda P on Jan 10, 2017
Is this oil free?
A shopper on Apr 11, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, there are no oils listed under the ingredients on the bottle (unless there are some used in the fragrance and are not listed).
Reply · Report · Rachel A on May 26, 2016
Is this for daytime or nighttime use? I was going to purchase the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum for my daytime regimen & am currently using the Midnight Recovery at night. Should I purchase the essence instead of the serum mentioned or both?
Jennifer E on May 4, 2015
Best Answer: It is used both daytime and nighttime before your regular routine. Just a few drops on a clean face and it is very refreshing.
Reply · Report · Anne L on May 4, 2015
How to apply?
A shopper on Apr 13, 2015
Best Answer: The answer to your question is right in the product description: Pour a few drops into palm of hand, gently press and then spread over cheeks, forehead and chin areas.
Reply · Report · Donna on May 14, 2015
after cleansing the next step is to use a toner, right? so should i us this after toner or should i remove the toner in the process? thanks so much
yvette leonil d on May 6, 2015
Best Answer: From the live chat today:
Bart: The Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence does not replace a toner, it will be used after the toner. It is the first step in your anti-aging routine!
Reply (1) · Report · Yesenia P on May 15, 2015
I am African American and my skin is very sensitive to most products. Is this product recommended for very sensitive skin?
A shopper on May 6, 2015
Best Answer: I have extremely sensitive skin and I use this after I've exfoliated and cleansed. I've had no rashes or redness.
Reply · Report · Connie Y on Aug 16, 2016
Is this like a toner?
A shopper on Apr 9, 2015
Best Answer: Less a toner and more of a preparation for hydration. Use this to freshen cleansed skin before moisturizer.
Reply · Report · Debra S on Apr 16, 2015
What is an essence? Do I stil use a serum?
A shopper on Apr 29, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, you can still use a serum. The essence preps your skin to better receive the serum.
Use your essence first then follow a serum then moisturizer.
Reply · Report · Laura J on Apr 29, 2015
Can acne prone skins use this product?
Adriana on May 4, 2015
Best Answer: I believe so, this serum is similar to a serum of Biological Recherché, which contains the same ingredient "iris extract". That serum targets to acne prone users and get lots of positive feedback. Compare to that one, this new serum is much cheaper (BR is $32 for 0.3oz).
Reply · Report · sunny_fresh on May 5, 2015
Can I use this essence together with Tretinoin (Retin A)?
qly0614 on May 6, 2015
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Should this be applied before or after toner? or should I use toner at all with this?
wendy on May 14, 2015
Best Answer: I do not use a toner with this. Because the purpose is to prepare the skin to more efficiently receive serums, moisturizers, etc., I just go straight to Powerful Strength Line Reducer or Precision Lifting and Skin Tightening Concentrate, then Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution on selected areas, followed by Midnight Recovery Concentrate and then either Rosa Arctica Cream or Super Multi Corrective Cream. I know that sounds like a lot, but it works well for me. I don't use or need any base makeup - my skin looks that good! I absolutely love Kiehl's.
Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Rosa Arctica
Rosa Arctica
Clearly Corrective�� Dark Spot Solution Deluxe Sample
Clearly Corrective�� Dark Spot Solution Deluxe Sample
Super Multi-Corrective Cream
Super Multi-Corrective Cream
Super Multi-Corrective Duo
Super Multi-Corrective Duo
Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate
Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate
Reply · Report · Elizabeth H on May 15, 2015
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Are there plans to extend this into a full collection (moisturizer, cleanser, and toner)?
A shopper on May 7, 2015
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is it suitable for all ages? or preferably 30 and above??
A shopper on Aug 16, 2015
Best Answer: It is mild enough for ages, but probably more necessary 30 and above. It is lovely on the skin.
Reply · Report · Cynthia B on Aug 16, 2015
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What is SK 2 / SK II ? I keep seeing it referred to in the reviews.
A shopper on Jun 5, 2015
Best Answer: I use this product as a base for all others..........don't overdo it! Just a few drops goes a long way. I look at it as a nice base for all other skin products. Once it's absorbed, your skin is smooth and velvety..........not greasy. It's refreshing and seems to provide moisture where it's needed.
Reply · Report · JoAnn on Jun 5, 2015
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For what kind of skin is this product ?
Anne C on May 4, 2015
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Would this be used in addition to the hydro plumping I start with in a.m and midnight recovery in p.m?
steven b on May 10, 2015
Best Answer: Yes. You would use this after cleansing and toner. Then follow with your other products. Use morning and evening.
Reply · Report · KAREN LEE S on May 10, 2015
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can I use this essence together with Tretinoin cream (Retin A)?
qly0614 on May 6, 2015
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Should I use this before or after the Nightly Refining Micro-Peel concentrate?
A shopper on May 11, 2016
Best Answer: I use it before
Reply · Report · Connie Y on Aug 16, 2016
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When do you use this in your skin care regiment and how much to you use?
A shopper on Nov 24, 2015
Best Answer: I use this product twice a day, when I wash my face in the morning and at night. I use it after the face wash/toner but before my serums/moisturizer. About three or four drops is all you need, a little goes a long way. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Sara S on Nov 24, 2015
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Do I use it before or after I exfoliate ?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2016
Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion
Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion
Best Answer: I would use it after. After I wash my face/exfoliate, I use a toner, then I use the Iris Extract, then put on any lotion/creams.
Reply · Report · Kristen H on Aug 16, 2016
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how long does it expire? I am meaning " iris extract activating"
A shopper on Dec 6, 2015
Best Answer: I'm not sure if you are asking how long you can keep using the contents of one bottle, or how long between when you apply it and when you apply the rest of your skin care routine. I am using the bottle I bought in May, and my skin has never looked better. I just wait a couple of minutes between when I apply th iris extract and when I apply the next layer of products, including dark spot corrector and Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate.
Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution
Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
Reply · Report · Elizabeth H on Dec 6, 2015
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Should I wash it off or leave the product on?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2016
Best Answer: I leave it on.
Reply · Report · Alexis L on Jul 20, 2016
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Would this product replace Midnight Recovery Concentrate before adding moisturizer?
A shopper on May 11, 2015
Best Answer: Not at all. It is not a oil. You use this first before anything else. Then you would follow with a serum (like the Midnight in the evening) and then your moisturizer.
Reply · Report · Munkustrap178 on Mar 30, 2016
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Do I use before or after the toner?
Ginny B on Feb 26, 2017
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Is this product suitable for eye area?
Duygu on Jan 5, 2017
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Please tell me when to use Super Multi Correctional cream - day or nite?
A shopper on May 23, 2016
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Product is sticky?
dawnette R on Jan 31, 2016
Best Answer: It is slightly sticky once it dries, but this product should be followed by other serums and a moisturizer, so it's not an issue.
Reply · Report · Munkustrap178 on Mar 30, 2016
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Do I need to use a cotton with this?
A shopper on Sep 18, 2015
Best Answer: No, you don't. Put a little of the fluid in the palm of one hand, and press the finger tips of the other hand into it, and apply to your face. Wait a couple of minutes and then apply treatments or whatever you usually use after a toner. I spot treat different areas. Then the next round is serum, and the last round is moisturizer, or moisturizer/treatment in one.
Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution
Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution
Reply · Report · Elizabeth H on Sep 18, 2015
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If i have calendula toner, irish essensce, daily reviving concentrate, ccds and clearly corective moisturize. What is the best step to use it in the morning?
Can i use all them together? Thankyou
Ayu Y on Jun 27, 2017
Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner
Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner
Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution
Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution
Daily Reviving Concentrate
Daily Reviving Concentrate
Dermatologist Solutions™ Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment
Dermatologist Solutions™ Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment
Best Answer: Hi fellow costumer, let me help you with that!

After taking off your make up or cleaned your face, use Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner as first step to calm and prep your skin, then use Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence to moist and activate your skin, then use Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution because it is a serum and usually very active. After that, use Daily Reviving Concentrate to bright your skin because it is a facial oil and it usually goes after the moisture, then apply Clearly Corrective™ Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment to finish your daily routine.
Reply · Report · Zexin Z on Jun 27, 2017
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When do I apply this?
A shopper on Mar 12, 2017
Best Answer: Sorry I don't use this
Reply · Report · Gayle P on Mar 13, 2017
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Should I use a toner before or after this product? I understand that this question was asked previously;however, the answers were ambiguous. So please provide a firm answer. Thanks in advance.
A shopper on Nov 27, 2016
Best Answer: I have always used a toner before applying any other products to my routine.
Reply · Report · Anne L on Nov 27, 2016
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I have kiehls essence... Should I use this before or after I apply my essence?
A shopper on Aug 30, 2016
Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
Best Answer: The concentrate shall be applied after the essence. The essence is designed to help with the absorbance of the concentrate.
Reply · Report · Dandan W on Aug 30, 2016
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How to use?
A shopper on Jan 24, 2016
Best Answer: Just put a few drops on your hand, rub your hands together, and press it into your face. Allow it to soak up and dry before moving on to the next step.
Reply · Report · Munkustrap178 on Mar 30, 2016
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Is this similar to The Treatment Lotion by LaMer?
A shopper on Sep 27, 2015
Best Answer: Nope
Reply · Report · Chintana C on Sep 29, 2015
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Can you use this with the daily revising extract ?
Janice S on Sep 16, 2015
Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
Daily Reviving Concentrate
Daily Reviving Concentrate
Best Answer: Absolutely you can use the iris extract before applying any of Kiehls serums or moisturizer's . It is very light and easily absorbed which allows any other product you use to also absorb easily. And in fact I think it preps the skin for the moisturizer. I follow the iris extract with powerful line reducing serum, then the midnight recovery and then the multi corrective cream. In the morning I use daily reviving serum.and of course a Kiehls eye cream either avocado or eye brightening,depending on the appearance of my eyes when I wake up in the morning. At night I use midnight recovery eye
Reply · Report · jacqueline v on Sep 16, 2015
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Should I buy this??
A shopper on Feb 24, 2017
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Do you put it on under lotion?
A shopper on Dec 25, 2016
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Does this product interfere with other kiehl's products?
A shopper on Dec 16, 2016
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what about is the expiration? iris extract activating
A shopper on Dec 6, 2015
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whycan 't I buy Iris extract in Germany?
Magdalena H on Jun 19, 2015
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